A wise man once said, “Iceland is like everything you see in the movies and think can’t possibly be real.”
It's time for you to discover the meaning behind these words. With amazing natural wonders within such a short distance, Iceland is very likely the most hidden gem in Europe. A road trip in Iceland is like nothing else you've ever experienced!
To make the most of your time here, we've created the perfect 4 Days in Iceland.
The tour will start with a 2-day exploration on Iceland's South Coast. First stops are at amazing waterfalls the staggeringly beautiful Seljalandsfoss and the stunner Skógafoss. Both of them are extremely photogenic but at the same time truly unique in their ways and can be explored in different ways, from above or behind! The South will also bring you to mysterious Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach and the charming national park Skaftafell.
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach are there for day two, where you will get a chance to sail in between the icebergs you'll never forget. Get up close and personal with some of Mother Nature's most colorful work. From Jokulsarlon, we'll travel up to the glacier and visit a spectacular natural ice cave.
Your third day is dedicated to the must-do Golden Circle tour, with stops at Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir geothermal area and Þingvellir. Cap off the day of sightseeing with a cozy soak in the Secret Lagoon hot spring, Iceland's oldest swimming pool. A true treat after a day of amazing sightseeing stops and historical locations (Gullfoss, Geysir and Þingvellir).
On your fourth day, step into the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Your expert guide will show you all the best the lava-covered peninsula has to offer, including the famous Kirkjufell Mountain, Arnarstapi and Hellnar Villages and Djúpalónssandur Pebble Beach.
Our day will begin in Reykjavík where you are picked up from your pre-chosen pick up location. This is when you will meet your guide for the next days and get a first sighting of the like-minded travelers that have chosen this fantastic adventure lik...)
Our day will begin in Reykjavík where you are picked up from your pre-chosen pick up location. This is when you will meet your guide for the next days and get a first sighting of the like-minded travelers that have chosen this fantastic adventure like you!
We start by driving the South Coast, stopping at the beautiful waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Seljalandsfoss is one of the only waterfalls in the world that you can walk behind.
Afterward, we’ll stop onto the mysterious Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach where the mystical and fairytale-like Reynisdrangar basalt columns stand tall in the strong waves. The beach is also home to a natural lava cave that has formed into the tuff mountain Reynisfjall.
Lunch will take place in the charming little town of Vík next to South Iceland’s favorite beach.
Next, we drive through what seems to be a no-mans-land while making our way to the beautiful Skaftafell National Park, known for its ice caves, glacier views, and excellent hiking trails.
Afterward, we’ll check in at our hotel in Hof and enjoy some delicious dinner.
Today your glacier adventures continue as our first stop will be the world-famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where glittery iceberg float around in a seal paradise. Take a stroll around the lagoon and indulge in the beautiful scenery or join on an op...)
Today your glacier adventures continue as our first stop will be the world-famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where glittery iceberg float around in a seal paradise. Take a stroll around the lagoon and indulge in the beautiful scenery or join on an optional boat ride (can be added as an extra) in the lagoon where you will get a chance to go even closer to these eerie turquoise ice blocks.
Next up, we take a short walk to see more of these truly awe-inspiring icebergs on the Diamond Beach where they have drifted ashore and now sunbathe on a black sand beach, shimmering like diamonds on sunny days. This place truly is a sight for sore eyes.
Next up on your guided adventure is a visit to a naturally formed ice cave on an outlet glacier from Europe’s largest ice cap, Vatnajökull. You are in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience as you get up close and personal to some of Mother Nature’s best artwork.
After the tour, we’ll head back to Reykjavík. On the way back to Reykjavík we will make some extra stops at well-chosen locations your guide will choose each time.
The night is spent at a hotel in Reykjavík.
It’s time for the world-famous Golden Circle! You’ll be picked up at your Reykjavík hotel, then we head inland for the must-do Golden Circle tour. The first stop is at the historical Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir National Park) where you will...)
It’s time for the world-famous Golden Circle!
You’ll be picked up at your Reykjavík hotel, then we head inland for the must-do Golden Circle tour. The first stop is at the historical Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir National Park) where you will get a chance to view the meeting of the continental plates in a truly unique way. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to one of the world’s first parliaments, beautiful waterfalls, a stunning lava field and views like never seen before.
After a brief lesson in Icelandic history, we join for the Geysir geothermal area where the impressive Strokkur will spout up into the air giving all those who are there to see goosebumps and awe-looking faces. This is truly a must-see while in Iceland!
Cap off the Golden Circle with a final stop at the glacier-originated waterfall Gullfoss (Golden Waterfalls). Look for the rainbows that are likely to appear as the two-story showstopper gushes down into Gullfoss Canyon. The waterfall can be viewed from two different locations, both recommended!
The day is then topped with a dip in the warm waters of the Secret Lagoon, Iceland’s oldest swimming pool.
The night is then again spent in Reykavík, Iceland’s lively capital.
After breakfast you will be picked up again now for a completely different exploration as this time we will be making our way North West onto the Snæfellsnes peninsula, home to the famous Snæfellsjökull glacier Jules Verne made so famous in the book,...)
After breakfast you will be picked up again now for a completely different exploration as this time we will be making our way North West onto the Snæfellsnes peninsula, home to the famous Snæfellsjökull glacier Jules Verne made so famous in the book, Journey to the center of the earth.
The day is packed with memorable stops. First we will explore the farm Ytri Tunga where seals play all year around, not at all shy from humans and show off on the beach. Then there is the picturesque Arnarstapi, everyone’s favorite Instagram spot a little coastal village and after the close-by Hellnar where we will take a break to have lunch with an epic view.
The adventure will next take us to the Vatnshellir Lava Cave where you will have the option (at an extra cost) to explore Iceland’s underworld in a spacious lava cave which sits right at Snæfellsjökull’s glacier roots.
Djúpalónssandur pebble beach is our next destination where your guide will tell you fascinating stories of shipwrecks and adventures around the area.
For many the last stop is the best stop on this part of the tour as we end the day on Snæfellsnes peninsula with a stop at the queen of all mountains, mt. Kirkjufell which towers above Grundarfjörður fishing village.
On the way back we check out the Gerðuberg basalt cliffs, which is just yet another reason why Icelandic road trips are the best! We will drop you off in Reykjavik at around 20:00 (8 pm).
Pick-up Information: Pick-up is at 08:00 am from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list. Return ti...)
Pick-up Information: Pick-up is at 08:00 am from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.
Return time: You will return to Reykjavík around 08:00 pm approximately and you will be dropped off where we picked you up.
Please note: *During the winter months (Nov-Mar) we'll visit the "Crystal Ice Cave" near Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. During the summer months (Apr-Oct), we go to the Katla Ice Cave near Vík. If no ice cave is accessible, we do a glacier hike instead.
We always recommend booking a multi-day tour starting at least one day after arriving in Iceland. If you’re flying in from the US or will be landing early (4-6:30 am) you should be able to join the tour, but some risks would follow (i.e if the flight gets delayed) and could, therefore, miss out on the tour.
Most of the hotels we use during our tours are remotely located and therefore ideal to spot the northern lights. If the forecast is in your favor, then it is more than likely that you will be able to see the magical show put on by the dancing northern lights during your tour with us. Most of the hotels offer a Northern Lights wake up call up on request if the lights are spotted.
The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore we can unfortunately never promise that they will be seen. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions. The best time to see them is between September and March when it’s dark and clear. The sky needs to be as dark as possible, so the best places to see them are well away from city lights (that’s where we are going!).
For more information on the Northern Lights, please have a look at our Northern Lights information.
If you are not sure that you have suitable gear for your tour, we offer some necessary items for rent. For most of our multi-day tours, we rent out waterproof jackets and pants as well as hiking boots. You can book these items and more under the selection “Extras” in the booking widget when booking your tour on our website.
If you have already booked the tour and wish to add some rental gear to your booking, you can do so at least 24 hours prior to your tour starts.
For further information about rental gear:
We drive on average around 300 km (186 miles) per day on our multi-day tours. You will be spending approximately 4-5 hours in the car each day. We do of course stop on multiple locations throughout the tour for sightseeing, activities, bathroom breaks and lunch stops.
We do welcome participants of all ages older than the listed minimum age for each tour. We have people of ages ranging from 8-99 years joining our multi-day tours. Our average group usually consists of participants between the age 20-55 years. We do get a lot of solo travellers joining our tours, as well as families and friends.
If you have difficulties participating in any of the activities included in the tour, for example, a glacier activity, you are more than welcome to skip it. You can explore your surroundings in the meantime or wait elsewhere. Our guide should be able to drop you off at a nearby place where there are some services available.
For multi-day tours, each participant is allowed to bring a small backpack and 1 piece of luggage weighing a maximum of 20 kg (44 lbs).
* The combined dimensions of each bag must not exceed 158 cm (62 in).
* It’s possible to store your luggage with us in Reykjavík while you are on your tour, for a small fee. We highly recommend storing the luggage in Reykjavík to help us reduce our carbon footprint.
* Please note that luggage storage is not refundable.
Breakfast is included at all the hotels we stay in during the tour. The breakfast will be a typical breakfast buffet, offering bread, toppings, cereal, yogurt, fruits, coffee, and tea etc.
Your guide will also find a good place for the group to eat lunch. We always try to choose places that have a wide selection of dishes on the menu, so there will be options available for everyone. The dinner is usually at the hotels we stay at for the night.
If your tour includes accommodation, breakfast is always included during the tour at the hotel/guesthouse restaurant.
Meals and beverages are otherwise not included on your tour. (Unless it’s specifically stated in the description of the tour)
On our multiday tours, we will be making stops at restaurants and convenience stores where you will be able to purchase all necessities.
You should count on spending around 8,000 ISK (80$) on food each day per person. Cash is not necessary, as credit cards are almost always accepted. Having a small amount of cash doesn’t hurt though.
A single supplement is available if you want to have your own room, but you are not required to pay a single supplement. If you are a single traveler and do not wish to book a single room, you’ll be roomed with another traveler of the same gender.
When booking with Arctic Adventures, you are guaranteed an accommodation at a nice country hotel and/or a guesthouse. The hotels we have partnered up with are all of the same standard and offer nice rooms with made-up beds. The rooms come with private or shared bathrooms, depending on your booking. The standard room is a twin room but it’s possible to request a double room or a triple room, with no extra charge.
If you are traveling solo, you will have to add the single room fee if you wish to have a single room.
All hotels have free Wi-Fi. Towels, a hairdryer and a kettle are accessible at all of the hotels. Hotel breakfast is included!